Karl Barkley is the New Conservative candidate for West Coast-Tasman.
He is a 63 year old and father and grandfather with three adult children and three grandchildren.
West Coast-Tasman is geographically the largest general electorate in New Zealand, going from south of Haast all the way up to the very north of the South Island, and from the western coastline to nearly as far eastward as Richmond. It is an electorate with a unique set of needs and priorities. Karl has lived and travelled throughout many parts of the electorate and has an understanding of what is important to the people and economy there.
Karl is an experienced general engineer and farmer who has always been logical, creative, practical, and a problem solver. He has also worked in forestry, sawmilling, mining, and the dairy and meat industry. Eighteen years of his life have been spent in different areas of the West Coast, including Greymouth and Hokitika.
His engineering career began with his apprenticeship with Skillings Implements in Rangiora, where he was part of a team that built the KAIRANGI range of hydraulic machines, e.g. Forklift Trucks, HydroMixers, etc.
After that, he worked at the Dispatch Foundry in Greymouth. He was also involved in the engineering for the construction of Kokiri Meatworks, and he worked at R.A Garlick Engineers and the G&D Davidson Foundry in Hokitika.
Eventually, Karl took on the role of Sole Charge Engineer at Westland Co-op Dairy for two years where he attained his Boiler Tickets. He then worked as a Boilerman at Westland Hospital.
From there, he moved into setting up KBS Engineering in the West Coast town of Kaniere, where he was the owner, and operated the business for more than seven years. After that, he moved to Southland for about twelve years, working in engineering, sales, and on a large dairy farm.
Karl is interested in organic farming and protecting New Zealand’s natural heritage. He is also concerned about the devastating effects of 1080 on our environment.
He has always enjoyed keeping up with politics, but for years he found it hard to find a political party worth backing, until he discovered New Conservative in 2018.
He considers the New Conservative team to be a great team, believes this party will play a key role in this election, and anticipates that this is the year for New Conservative.
West Coast-Tasman voters are encouraged to give their party vote to New Conservative and their electorate vote to Karl Barkley.